Jahu Dewitt Miller
Jahu Dewitt Miller

The best source of information on this phase of the Seminary
comes from a series of articles written by Ric Nelson for the

NPS Alumnae Bulletin.
Those articles, and many of the photos which appear here,
are copyrighted by Ric Nelson. 
The photos are used here with his permission.

Jahu Dewitt Miller was born in 1857 in rural New York, and lived on his father's farm. When he was 14 years old, he entered the Collegiate Institute at Fort Edward, N.Y. and after he graduated he became a member of the Faculty. As a teenager, he taught a wide range of courses at the Institute. He also held the position of Librarian, and read every book that the Institute owned.

By the age of 17, Dewitt Miller began to give lectures and also preached at the local Methodist church. At this early age, he also began to collect rare books, a life-long passion. He traveled around New Egland, preaching and lecturing, and later, he became a reknowned speaker on the Chatauqua circuit. One of the places he spoke was at Glen Echo, Maryland, which may have been how the Cassedys came to know him.

Several times, he gave lectures and Commencement addresses at NPS, and became good friends with the Cassedys. His rare book collection had been moved from the family farm after his mother's death to a country store in Carmel, N.Y. under his sister's supervision. In a conversation at Forest Glen, John Cassedy made the offer that he would build a library for the collection if Miller would move them down. This was during one of the building booms at the Seminary, and Cassedy was true to his word. The Miller Library was complete in December 1901, and the books were moved to Forest Glen the following month.

Miller made a habit of staying at the Seminary for several weeks every Spring. His visit in 1910 was particularly appreciated, as it helped John Cassedy recover from the grief of losing Vesta a few months earlier. Miller made his last long visit to Forest Glen in 1911, and died of a heart attack while on the lecture circuit in July of the same year.


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